Indio was opened to development in 1876 when the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Yuma, Arizona to Los Angeles, California.

The Southern Pacific Depot and Hotel was built to entertain workers and visitors and was also a place to fill the water tanks of engines. The railroad town became agricultural by 1900. Onions, cotton, grapes, citrus and dates thrived in Indio’s climate. Schools were built and the La Casita hospital provided medical care to Indio’s residents. Although Coachella and thermal became larger cities than Indio, it remained the “Hub of the Valley.” Because of the numerous festivals held annually in Indio, it achieved the nickname “The City of Festivals.” Today, Indio is the fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley and is known for its schools and parks.

Notable points of interest include: Coachella Music Festival, Polo, Stagecoach, Desert Horse Park, Coachella Valley History Museum, Indio Performing Arts Center and The Arts Center.

Daytime view of the downtown city center of Stockton, California, USA.

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